Hello, and thanks for your interest in booking me for an appearance or an event!
Over the last ten years, I have given performances, presentations, workshops and readings at a wide variety of colleges and universities. I have also been a keynote or featured speaker at numerous academic and activist conferences (a selected list of these past presentations can be found further down this page).
I can speak to a broad range of topics related to feminism, queer/LGBTQIA+, and transgender issues and activism. While I am always happy to tailor my presentations to fit your needs and/or the theme of your event, this page provides brief descriptions of some of my most frequently requested talks.
I typically follow my presentations with an extended Q&A session, so that audience members can share their thoughts, comments and questions. In addition, I am also open to informal meetings, receptions, or discussions with students and organizers while I am in town. If you decide that you want to bring me out to your conference or campus, just email me at .
Best wishes, -julia
P.S., a PDF version of this booking information can be downloaded here.
Julia’s most requested presentations:
As a spoken word artist, Julia has up to an hour’s worth of material that she can perform at the drop of a hat. Most of her pieces center on her experiences growing up and coming out as trans, and her trans feminist perspectives on gender and sexism. If you are unfamiliar with what “performance poetry” or “spoken word” entails, you can watch web movies of a few of Julia’s performances on her audio-visual page.
One of Julia’s most commonly requested presentations is Trans Feminism: A Performance and Discussion. It is half traditional talk, half spoken word performance. During the talk portion, Julia provides a brief overview of feminism and transgender activism, and where these two movements intersect. She follows that with a 25 minute set of performance poetry that relates to the theme of trans feminism.
Trans Women’s Perspectives on Sexism
This presentation covers some of the main ideas that Julia forwards in her book Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity, particularly, the concepts of cissexism, trans-misogyny, and anti-feminine sentiment.
The Intersection of Feminism, Queer, and Trans Politics
Women, and gender and sexual minorities (e.g., LGBTQIA+ individuals), all face sexism, although the frequency and forms of sexism that any given individual experiences may vary greatly based upon their body-type, orientation, identity, expressions, and other factors. Furthermore, these different forms of sexism all intersect with one another, and with other forms of marginalization (e.g., racism, classism, ablism, etc.). In this talk, Julia forwards an intersectional approach to reconcile many debates about gender and sexism that have occurred within feminism, queer, and trans activism over the last several decades.
Putting the Feminine Back Into Feminism
As a feminist, biologist and femme-identified trans woman, Julia has a unique perspective on feminine gender expression. In this talk, she moves beyond questions of “nature vs. nurture,” and challenges the popular tendency in our culture to denigrate and sexualize feminine gender expression. In addition to critiquing both sexist and certain feminist interpretations of femininity, Julia offers new potential directions for femme politics and activism.
Recognizing the B and T in LGBTQ (a new presentation for 2012!)
While it has been almost twenty years since lesbian and gay organizations began adding B’s (for bisexual) and T’s (for transgender) to the ends of their acronyms, issues facing these latter groups still remain underappreciated within queer communities and politics. As a bisexual and transgender woman, Julia shares her insights about transgender and bisexual/pansexual activism and inclusion.
A Holistic View of Feminism (a new presentation for 2012!)
Julia is currently writing her next book, centered on how to make feminist and queer movements more genuinely inclusive. She argues that this involves taking a more holistic approach to gender and sexism: one that acknowledges natural variation in sex, gender and sexuality; one that recognizes that each of us is unique with regards to our life experiences and social situation, and therefore we each have a somewhat different vantage point from which we view gender and sexuality, and sexism and marginalization; one that seeks out new strategies to challenge all forms of sexism and marginalization, rather than merely those that we personally experience or are already familiar with. In this talk, Julia offers an overview of this new approach to feminism and LGBTQIA+ activism.
I’ll See It When I Believe It: On Perception and Gender Entitlement
As human beings, we tend to be focused on (and sometimes become fascinated or concerned by) how other people “do” their genders. Yet we hardly ever take a moment to consider how we see and interpret other people’s genders. With thoughtfulness, sharp wit, and a sense of humor, Julia draws on her own personal experiences having been viewed both female and male, and queer and straight, at different points in her life, to highlight how unconscious assumptions and expectations shape how we view other people. She also makes the case that gender entitlement (when we project our own assumptions, meanings, and value judgments regarding gender onto other people) lies at the root of all forms of sexism.
Sexualization occurs when sexuality is nonconsensually imposed upon a person, or when a person is reduced to their their sexual body or behaviors. A significant amount of attention has been paid to the way in which women are often sexualized by men in our culture - for instance, via unsolicited evaluations of their appearance, sexually explicit remarks or propositions, objectifying depictions, and (at the extreme end of the spectrum) sexual violation, abuse and rape. Less attention has been paid to other forms of sexualization: the way in which sexual minorities and others are often accused of being sexual predators, perverts or deviants; the way in which certain women are presumed to be “asking for it” (that is, asking to be sexualized) while others are not; the way in which attraction to certain types of people are described as “fetishes,” or “paraphilias,” rather than viewed as genuine forms of attraction. What do these forms of sexualization have in common and how do they differ? Why is sexualization such an effective tactic to intimidate and invalidate people? What can we, as individuals, do to confront and challenge sexualization? In this talk, Julia tries to answer these questions and to provide a more holistic, intersectional view of sexualization.
Sexualization and Anti-Transgender Discrimination
Anti-transgender discrimination often takes the form of sexualization. For instance, transgender individuals are frequently the targets of sexual harassment (e.g., unwanted sexual questions or comments, nonconsensual groping). Sexualization is especially rampant for individuals on the male-to-female (MTF) or trans feminine spectrum, who are often portrayed in the media as being sexually promiscuous, sexually deceptive, sexually deviant, and sexually motivated in their transitions. Strikingly similar depictions are also found in psychological discourses and in public assumptions about trans female/feminine individuals. In this talk, Julia offers examples of these sexualizing stereotypes, and explains why they are so prevalent and how they are related to the sexualizing stereotypes of women and other sexual minorities (e.g., lesbian, gay and bisexual individuals) that exist in our culture. She also discusses why sexualization is such an effective tactic in discrimination more generally.
There are a number of other topics that Julia frequently writes about and does activism around - she is usually happy to speak about any of those topics. A fairly comprehensive list of her past presentations, workshops, conferences, panels and classroom appearances follows below. Once again, if you are interested in booking Julia, you can contact her by email at .
Julia’s past presentations, workshops, conferences, panels and classroom appearances:
--TransForming Feminisms: Trans Access (the redux) conference (September 2012): keynote talk on Trans Feminism: a performance and discussion.
--UC Berkeley, Genetics, Development & Molecular Evolution Supergroup Symposium (May 2012): The development and evolution of arthropod appendages: Insights from the functional analysis of Hox genes in Parhyale.
--Southern Oregon University (April 2012): talk entitled Intersections of Feminism, Queer and Trans Politics.
--American Musicological Society conference, LGBTQ Study Group (November 2011): panel entitled Trans/Gendering the Voice: Julia Serano in Conversation with Stephan Pennington.
--University of Georgia, Athens (November 2011): talk entitled I’ll See It When I Believe It: On Experience, Perception and Gender Entitlement.
--Amherst College (November 2011): talk entitled Putting the Feminine Back into Feminism.
--Stetson University (October 2011): talk entitled Trans Feminism: A Performance and Discussion.
--Translating Identity Conference (October 2011): keynote talk on Challenging Gender Entitlement.
--At the Border: Transformation and Transition in Contemporary Feminism (April, 2011): keynote talk on A Holistic View of Feminism.
--Lewis and Clark Gender Studies Symposium (March 2011): featured speaker, talk entitled Compulsory Genderqueerness: Transsexuality, Feminism and the “End of Gender”, and panel member on Speaking of Privilege: Trans Women’s Experience of Feminism from the Inside.
--Colorado Gold Rush conference (February 2011): keynote talk on Sexualization and Anti-Transgender Discrimination.
--UC Berkeley, Essig talk (February 2011): talk on Hox genes and crustacean development.
--Reed College (December 2010): talk entitled Trans Feminism: A Performance and Discussion.
--Radical Queer Convergence, Ohio State University (November 2010): keynote talk on Putting the Feminine Back into Feminism.
--Yale University (November 2010): talk entitled Putting the Feminine Back into Feminism.
--Grinnell College (April 2010): talk entitled Transsexual and Trans Feminine Perspectives on Sexism.
--Carleton College (April 2010): talk entitled Trans Feminism: A Performance and Discussion.
--St. Cloud State University (April 2010): talk entitled Trans Feminism: A Performance and Discussion.
--American University (March 2010): talk entitled Transsexual and Trans Feminine Perspectives on Sexism.
--Northern Illinois University (March 2010): talk entitled Rethinking Sexualization.
--Queen’s University (December 2010): talk entitled Trans Feminism: A Performance and Discussion.
--Dennis R. Neill Equality Center, Tulsa, OK (July 2009): performance poetry presentation.
--Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference (June 2009): keynote talk on Psychology, Sexualization and Trans-Invalidations.
--Lawrence University (April 2009): talk entitled Trans Feminism: A Performance and Discussion.
--Marquette University (April 2009): talk entitled The Intersection of Feminism, Queer and Transgender Activism.
--University of Cincinnati (April 2009): talk entitled The Intersection of Feminism, Queer and Transgender Activism.
--Bryn Mawr College (March 2009): talk entitled The Intersection of Feminism, Queer and Transgender Activism.
--Women, Action and the Media! (WAM!) Conference (March 2009): panel member on In/Out of Focus, Broadening a Feminist Lens: Gender, Non-Conformity and the Media.
--University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (March 2009): talk entitled Trans Feminism: A Performance and Discussion.
--2nd Annual Bodies of Knowledge Symposium at University of South Carolina Upstate (March, 2009): talk entitled Putting the Feminine Back Into Feminism.
--23rd Annual Conference of the International Foundation for Gender Education (February 2009): paper presented on Autogynephilia and the Psychological Sexualization of MTF Transgenderism.
--Equality and Parity II Conference (January 2009): workshop presented entitled Sexism and Sexualization of MTF Transgenderism.
--The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual Transgender Historical Society in San Francisco (December, 2008): panel member on Passing on the Pen: Intergenerational Queer Storytellers.
--Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR (November 2008): performance poetry presentation.
--Nazareth College (October 2008): talk entitled Transsexual & Transfeminine Perspectives on Sexism.
--University of California, Berkeley (September 2008): guest lecturer in class on Gender and Education in the Americas.
--Femme2008: The Architecture of Femme (August 2008): keynote talk on Reclaiming Femininity.
--Northwestern University (May 2008): talk entitled Transsexual and Trans Feminine Perspectives on Sexism.
--University of California, San Diego (May 2008): performance poetry presentation.
--Transsomatechnics: Theories and Practices of Transgender Embodiment conference (Vancouver; May 2008): paper presented on A Bio-Experiential Model of Transsexuality.
--California State University at Sacramento (April 2008): talk entitled Transsexual and Trans Feminine Perspectives on Sexism.
--University of California at Berkeley (April 2008): performance poetry presentation.
. --New Leaf (San Francisco, CA; April, CA): presentation on Understanding Sexism and Transphobia Toward Trans Women..
--California College of the Arts (Oakland, CA; April 2008): guest speaker in Anthropology of the Body.
--University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (April 2008): talk entitled Transsexual and Trans Feminine Perspectives on Sexism.
--UCLA (Los Angeles; December 2007): performance poetry presentation.
--University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee (November 2007): talk entitled I’ll See It When I Believe It: On Experience, Perception and Gender Entitlement.
--United Council’s Women’s Leadership Conference (University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh; November 2007): keynote speech entitled Transpositions.
--California State University East Bay (Hayward, CA; September 2007): guest speaker in Humans and Sex.
-- San Francisco State University (San Francisco, CA; September 2007): guest speaker in Women Studies Lecture Series.
--TRANSforming Gender 2007: Conference on Transgender Activism (University of Colorado at Boulder; October 2007): workshop presented on Transsexual and Trans Feminine Perspectives on Sexism.
--American Philosophical Association Conference (San Francisco, CA; April 2007): panel member on Intersection between Transgender and Feminist.
--The Association For Women in Psychology Conference (San Francisco, CA; March 2007): paper presented on The Psychiatric Sexualization of Male-to-Female Transgenderism.
--Femme 2006 conference (San Francisco, CA; August 2006): spoken word presentation.
--3rd Annual Trans March (San Francisco, CA; June 2006): guest speaker.
--National Women's Studies Association (NWSA) Conference (Oakland, CA; June 2006): panel member on the topic of Transfeminisms: Transgender, Genderqueer, and Gender-Defiant Approaches to Feminism.
--San Francisco State University (san Francisco, CA; October 2005): guest speaker in Social Aspects of Sexuality.
--2nd Annual Trans March (San Francisco, CA; June 2005): guest speaker.
--UCLA: outCRY! 2005 (Los Angeles, CA; May 2005): performance poetry presentation.
--San Jose State University. Transgender Awareness Week (San Jose, CA; May 2005): performance poetry presentation.
--California College of the Arts (Oakland, CA; March 2005): "Unraveling Gender" - a workshop and performance poetry presentation on gender.
--Notre Dame High School (Belmont, CA; February 2005): guest speaker on transgender issues and experiences.
--University of California at Berkeley (Berkeley, CA; February, 2005): guest speaker for the Anatomy, Sex, and Gender section of Female Sexuality.
--4th annual Genderblast Conference (San Francisco, CA; November, 2004) panel member on the topic of MTF Transitioning.
--University of California at Berkeley (September, 2004): guest speaker for the Anatomy, Sex, and Gender section of Female Sexuality.
--LadyFest Bay Area (San Francisco, CA; August, 2004): panel member on the topic of Trans-Activism.
--1st Annual Tranny March (San Francisco, CA; June 2004): guest speaker.
--APCA (Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities) Conference (Atlanta, GA; Spring 2004): "Unravelling Gender" a workshop and performance poetry presentation on gender.
--New Word Series (San Francisco, CA; Fall, 2003): panel member on the topic of Diversity in Slam Poetry.
--San Francisco State University (Spring 2003): workshop on Slam Poetry/Spoken Word.
--Diablo Valley Community College (Spring 2003): "Unravelling Gender" a workshop and performance poetry presentation on gender.
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